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Grant will help protect freshwater habitats

The New Forest National Park Authority’s ‘Green and Blue Horizons From City to Forest’ scheme has received a £539,200 grant from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund.

The project will fund action to confront the climate and nature emergencies — with programmes to restore habitats and help new and diverse audiences connect with the New Forest.

The authority will work to extend nature networks and create wildlife-rich corridors that link forest habitats to neighbouring towns and cities. Areas of grassland, woodland, hedgerows, streams and ponds will be improved, bringing with it numerous opportunities for people to understand and help to care for the landscape.

To coincide with the new Fort Climate Centre in Beaulieu, due to be completed later this year, the Countryside Education Trust will be developing opportunities for people to learn all about climate change and its impact on the New Forest and beyond.

One of the main beneficiaries of the New Forest grant is the Freshwater Habitats Trust. Its Wilder for Water project raises awareness of the special qualities of the New Forest waterscape and to champion a best practice ‘clean water standard’ for camping and recreation.

Dr Naomi Ewald of the Freshwater Habitats Trust said: ‘This is fantastic news. The funding will help us to build a skilled team of professionals and volunteers within the New Forest National Park who are dedicated to protecting arguably one of the best Important Freshwater Areas in the UK.”

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